Do you carve every pumpkin you buy?

If you’re anything like me, you have a couple pumpkins set aside for carving, and a few that you keep intact for fall decorating. Those decorating pumpkins often just sit there until they are ready to be thrown out sometime after Halloween.

But I hate waste.

I felt like I HAD to do something with those decorative pumpkins! That’s when I deiced we would use the pumpkins for fun and educational activities!

Turns out there were lots of like-minded people out there using their pumpkins for all sorts of fun- I’ve compiled a list of 15 of my favorite activities that use real pumpkins below.

Activities That Use Real Pumpkins:

(note that some of these activities do require cutting the pumpkins open or poking holes in them. They obviously won’t go back to being decorative pumpkins after that 😉 )

  1. Paint with Mini Pumpkins // Munchkins and Moms
  2. Pumpkin Sink or Float Science // Munchkins and Moms
  3. Sorting Parts of a Pumpkin // Munchkins and Moms
  4. Pumpkin Hide and Seek // Munchkins and Moms
  5. Hammering Golf Tees into Pumpkins // Happily Ever Moms
  6. Give a Pumpkin a Bath! // Busy Toddler
  7. Make a Pumpkin Geoboard // Fun-A-Day
  8. Make Pumpkin Boats // Frugal Fun 4 Boys
  9. Pumpkin and Rubberbands Fine Motor Activity // The Imagination Tree
  10. Trace around Pumpkins for Simple Toddler Art // Lemon Lime Adventures
  11. Play Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe // Toddler Approved
  12. Go Pumpkin Bowling // Wunder-Mom
  13. Five Little Pumpkins STEM Challenge // Little Bind for Little Hands
  14. Do a Pumpkin Investigation // Life Over C’s
  15. Make a Pumpkin Shape Sorter // To be a Kid Again

Do you and your kids have a favorite way to learn and play with pumpkin that didn’t make the list? Leave us a comment below!

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